The saying ‘nothing is certain in life but death and taxes’ is perhaps a bit too limiting. A third option that could be added to that list would be ‘chores’.
An inescapable fact of adult life is that being responsible means doing arguably boring and mundane things like cleaning and maintaining a home, when we would rather be doing almost anything else.
However, as Compare the Market’s General Manager of General Insurance Adrian Taylor notes, some of these household chores are vital not only to keep your home clean and tidy, but to help protect your home from disaster.
“Some basic household chores could help prevent disaster, such as making sure your smoke alarm batteries still have charge, and your gutters are clear or broken locks and windows are repaired,” says Taylor.
“Failing to do so could make it more likely something could go wrong, like a fire or a break-in.”
So, with this in mind, the home and contents insurance experts at Compare the Market have surveyed more than 3,000 adults from Australia, Canada and the USA to find out who is slipping behind on crucial chores.
Here are the results.
Americans more likely to clear gutters and check appliances than Australians and Canadians
Helping dispel the stereotype of Americans being lazy, respondents from the USA were more likely to clear gutters and check appliances for exposed wires or lint build-up. Americans were also just as likely as Canadians and Australians to check smoke alarms frequently or to fix a broken lock, door or window immediately.
People from the US are almost 10% more likely to clean their house gutters weekly than Aussies and Canadians. In contrast, Australians were the most likely to never clean the gutters or trim excess branches out of all three countries. Americans were the most likely to check their appliances for exposed wires, dust and lint build-up every month, and 16% of Americans said they do so every week.
This compares to roughly a quarter of Australians and Canadians who never check their appliances for these things.
Almost half of Canadians (49.5%) fix a broken lock, door or window immediately, followed by 46.7% of Australians and 44.6% of Americans. Conversely, Americans and Canadians were five per cent more likely to check or test their smoke alarms within the last three months than Australians.
However, of those who never fix broken locks, doors or windows, most were Americans, just barely beating out Canada and Australia (2.9% of Americans selected they never fixed these things, compared to 2.8% of Canadians and 2.4% of Australians).
“In general, it appears Americans are on the ball when it comes to important home chores, leaving Australia and Canada with some catching up to do,” says Taylor.
The tables below display the results for each chore across all three countries.